Sticky Presentations bite size article: Coffee Break Timer for PowerPoint and Keynote

Coffee Break Timer for your PowerPoint and Keynote presentations

Feb 12, 2019

A regular business presentation usually goes from the first slide to the last slide in a sequential flow. During the display of the slides, the presenter elaborate on the content of each slide being shown on the projection screen. However, the situation might be a little different if it were to be an activity based type of presentation. Maybe in a training session or a planned discussion where a fixed time is allocated for discussion.

Fortunately, the clock in PowerPoint and Keynote softwares are accurate based on real time. We can quite easily build a timer for the purpose of keeping time using the animation feature in PowerPoint and Keynote. The timer can be horizontal, vertical, or circular in their appearance.

Let’s say, in a training session, you are declaring a 15 minutes coffee break; so as part of your presentation slides, you can create an animation of a clock that counts down from 15 minutes to zero. Some experimentation required if you are new to PowerPoint animation.

To make things easy for all, I have created a 15 minutes circular timer in Keynote and converted it into a video file that can be imported into PowerPoint or Keynote itself for purpose of a coffee break.

Download the PowerPoint or Keynote file with the embedded video timer.


The author, ANG Tian Teck is a coach, trainer, and speaker, specialising in inspiring organisations and business leaders to deliver high impact presentations. He has coached, trained, and infected over 10,000 individuals across the region with his Amazing Sticky Presentations® approach. Tian Teck is also the author of two books, Sticky Presentations®, and Spinning I.D.E.A.S.

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